Tag Archives: movie

Analysis: The Last of Us movie

The San Diego Comic Con is quite an exciting time when it comes to announcements. Doesn’t matter is your a massive geek or a casual fan of entertainment. It doesn’t even matter if your into comic books, movies, video games, television, or anime. Everyone can get something out of Comic Con, and sometimes you won’t even see certain things coming.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than a year since The Last of Us endured and survived on store shelves. The little game has come a long way since then with multiple award nominations, an upcoming next generation Remastered edition, and now a feature length movie to coincide with our Uncharted movie news.

Even though we’ve known that plans were being made for this movie for a good while, to get a confirmation and big announcement was such a surprise. It’s even more exciting (and terrifying) for me because The Last of Us is my favorite game of all-time. If Hollywood can get this right, we’ll have a beautiful and epic blockbuster coming our way.

I know this movie is light-years away from now, but we can still analyze what we know now and see how much our current facts really tell us about this project. Additionally, I want to share my thoughts on what I want to see from the film.

The first thing we know is that movie will be distributed by Screen Gems, a Sony-owned company. From what I gathered, Screen Gems is one of 4 specialty production arms known for a mixed assortment of genres, but most notably horror and action. Their film library is actually not too great. Their most notable films include the remake of CarrieThink Like a Man (including Too), the Underworld series, and Dear John. However their most known and profitable movies are the Resident Evil movies. In fact, their highest grossing film is Resident Evil: Afterlife. This is actually quite concerning. The Resident Evil movies don’t sit too well with gamers nor with many moviegoers. These guys clearly aren’t the best at video game adaption.

To the credit of Screen Gems though, while many of their movies are sub-par at best they do house some noteworthy movies. Heck, I actually liked the Underworld movies. Besides, it’s not fair to the movie to assume the worst too quickly.

What was announced at Comic Con was that Sam Raimi was the producer of the movie and Neil Druckmann is writing the film.

Sam Raimi is known for many movies whether as an actor, director or producer. I personally know him best for directing the Spider-Man trilogy. He is also known for movies like the Evil Dead series, the Darkman movie, and Oz the Great and Powerful as well as TV shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. I think Raimi is a trustworthy addition to the staff, especially since I’m a fan of a lot of his work.

As for Neil Druckmann, well… he’s the writer and director of the freaking game! Could you have picked a better choice to write a movie about The Last of Us? We’ll at least have a well written film here. If you need to be further assured, he also worked on the Uncharted series.

There currently is no confirmed director, but I can see wither Druckmann or Raimi filling that position. I wouldn’t oppose to it much either. Together with Screen Gems, I see a pretty good combination of people. All benefactors seem to be focused on horror and action, Raimi knows how to make a fun blockbuster, and Druckmann assures that we’ll have a faithful representation of the game in this movie.

The one place we have for speculation is the cast. Who will play Joel and Ellie? Let’s keep in mind that Naughty Dog and Neil Druckmann have the absolute final say on casting choices.

We already have a good idea for Ellie as she already has a potential actress picked out: Maisie Williams. For those of you like me who don’t know, she is best known for playing Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. Now I just started watching the show, so I’m not too familiar with characters at the moment. However is this goes through, I couldn’t be happier. She looks like a perfect candidate, though my one concern is if she will look 14 by the time filming starts. Her character Arya is also known as a head-strong, tough character lending her perfectly to a role like Ellie.

Fans are reporters are also suggesting Elle Fanning of Maleficent and Ellen Page of X-Men: The Last Stand and Beyond: Two Souls among others for the role.  I’m not really against these choices either, but I like many others prefer Maisie Williams for the role.

As for Joel, that’s anyone’s guess. Popular opinion from the fans seem to lean on Hugh Jackman. I have to agree that Jackman seems like the perfect candidate. Especially when you consider his portrayal of Wolverine, he can definitely pull off Joel’s personality. This would be my first choice. Josh Brolin is another popular choice, and I wouldn’t oppose to him either given that he does have Joel’s look about him.

The one aspect I’m wondering about is how the story will be executed. I say this because movies nowadays go for about two-and-a-half hours give or take, especially major blockbusters like this one is trying to be.  The Last of Us is over 3 hours long with cutscenes alone; and this is without the action scenes represented through gameplay. Obviously there’s going to be elements that are cut, but which parts?

The game takes place in the span of a year, following 4 stories spread across the 4 seasons. Each season minus Spring introduced new characters that greatly impacted the story, such as Tess, David, Marlene, Tommy, Henry and Sam. The most efficient route is to either rush certain parts or cut them entirely. I’d imagine Henry and Sam’s part could be cut, Tommy’s would be side-lined, and David’s would be shortened. I think it would be a shame to do that, but time is the enemy of many movies. (Just ask The Amazing Spider-Man 2). I could be entirely wrong, though. I trust that Neil Druckman will represent all his characters in a way that makes sense.


 

Well, that’s my side of the whole movie. I’m insanely excited as I am nervous. Keep in mind my observations could entirely far-off, but this is the way I personally see it. Do you guys agree at all, or do you feel differently. Let me know so we can speculate together.

I’m Sbox180. Thanks for reading!

Advertisements

Analysis: The Mighty Morphing Power Rangers movie remake

Recently I was perusing some movie news and noticed a headline that took me back 10 years. A new Power Rangers movie is in the works, but not in the way you expect. Instead of picking up from the more recent incarnations of the Rangers, this is actually a reimagining of the series that started it all. Back when teens took orders from a big talking head with the voice of God. Back when the color of your Ranger uniform was coincidentally the same color as your skin. Back when even the biggest threat to our planet could be horribly dubbed. Ah, those were the days.

I may be too young to have watched this part of the series when it was new, but my introduction to Power Rangers was, in fact, the Mighty Morphing series. I went on to watch every other series up to Mystic Force. I have a terrible soft-spot for Power Rangers and was ecstatic when I heard this news. And though there is something to be said about how Hollywood does nothing but remake nowadays, I’m actually all for this.

It’s been a couple of months, and we have some details surfacing: some rumors, some confirmed. So, let’s first go over what we know.

This movie is being made by Lionsgate in association with Saban Brands. Lionsgate has a healthy backlog for the most part and does hold promise as the distributor of The Hunger Games. They also distribute The Expendables movies. When you think about it, this combo of epic adaption-work and over-the-top action would fit a Power Rangers movie perfectly. With Saban providing the basis of what Power Rangers is and Lionsgate providing the basis for modern-day quality films, this is promising.

The writing staff also shows promise. Ashley Miller and Zach Stentz, who are writers of X-Men: First Class, were recently confirmed to be writing the script. Additionally, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Thor writer Robert Orci will act as executive producer. I think that there is no better group of people to have their hands on this license. These people know how to properly adapt a classic license and make it accessible to both general audiences and hardcore fans alike.

And so far, the rest are rumors. The cast, director, and synopsis are currently unknown. All we can do now is speculate, and that’s what we’re going to do.

I think the choice in cast is going to be the most controversial part of this movie. We already have a feeling that the original cast will not be reprising their roles, or at least won’t be in the suits. That leads us to 2 options: a cast of unknowns or a cast of A-list actors. My preference would be to cast fresh talent to play the Rangers.

There are already rumors of well-known actors being in the film. The ones I’ve heard going around include Taylor Lautner, Liam Hemsworth, and Chloe Grace Mortez among others. It’s not that these are bad actors. It’s just that these characters are so hard to cast for in the first place. It doesn’t matter who you put there, I won’t take them seriously. I’ll immediately associate them with prior works and it will take me out of the film. With a cast of unknowns, you don’t have that problem. All you have to worry about is whether they give a good perfromance or not.

However, these aren’t the only characters who need representation in this movie. You still have Zordon, Alpha, and whichever villain they chose to be in this movie to consider. For Zordon, all you need is any deep voiced actor. Given the fact that Zordon only needs voice work, this performance can be given by a well-known actor without much controversy. Imagine Zordon played by James Earl Jones. That would be pretty cool. There are so many candidates for this role that even Tay Zonday doesn’t sound that bad of an idea.

Alpha can be played by anybody. I’m not sure who would play him, but my preference would be that whoever it is maintains Alpha’s personality.

You also have Bulk and Skull, who we aren’t sure will be in the movie at all. I’m really iffy about how they would go about this. To me, there is only one Bulk and one Skull. I can’t see anyone else taking their place, and I doubt that the original duo could reprise the roles. It would be silly to see these teens getting harassed by grown men. Then again, they were a big part of the show; several seasons of it to be exact. I’m not sure who would be a candidate for these 2. I predict that if they get in, they’ll be side-lined majorly. Kind of like Easter eggs in the background with a couple of lines.

Then there are the villains. Will it be Rita or Zedd? It would make sense to make it Rita because she was the villain during the first season and plays a big part in the story. However, Zedd has the most potential for a movie in my opinion. His design alone has a lot of possibilities. I doubt that it’ll be both, because this movie’s success would guarantee a sequel, and they’d probably save Zedd for that sequel. So my money is on Rita, if they even go with an already established villain. I don’t know who the hell would play her. Rita is such an animated and over-the-top character that casting her is an unbelievable challenge.

The last thing I’ll touch on is the story- primarily whether or not we’ll see the Green Ranger. Well seeing that this is a reimagining, we very could see a lot of changes. To me, the Green Ranger is contingent on which villain they choose. If it’s Rita, then yes. Keep in mind that the Green Ranger was one of the earliest plotlines of the show. (Second episode of the show to be exact). It would make a lot of sense to establish this into the movie. Besides, the Green Ranger is a crowd favorite.


Let me know your thoughts on the Power Rangers movie, and what you want to see from it. Is there any aspect I didn’t touch upon that you want me to? Do you agree with my opinions or do you feel differently.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!